BSA Troop 101 ~ Northboro MA
December 9, 2013
Welcome to Troop 101's Scouting program. We meet Thursdays from 7-8:30pm at Trinity Church (23 Main St.).
Be sure to check out our calendar and the Troop 101 News section below for all of our Upcoming 2013 / 2014 events. As always, don't hesitate to contact us any time.
Also, check out the Registration Tab (top horizontal menu) for the latest in online activity sign-ups. This page will be updated as permission slips become available.
Christmas Tree Removal
|The town-wide Christmas Tree Removal sponsored by Troop 101 will take place on Saturday, January 4, 2014. This service is designed to provide Northborough residents an easy and environmentally-friendly method of disposing of their Christmas trees while helping to fund the troop activities.
This is the fourteenth year of the fundraiser.
To be added to our pick up route, call 508-709-5207 before Jan. 3, 2014 or signup online by clicking the button below.
All those who have signed up must leave their tree near the curb before 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 along with $5 (per tree) in an envelope on the door. Cash and checks (made out to "BSA Troop 101") are accepted. Additional donation welcome.
Merit Badge College
It's not too early to start thinking about any merit badges you want to take at merit badge college this winter. Please send the top 3 badges you want to email@example.com so we can start planning. Star and Life scouts - This is a great opportunity to get moving on those hard to finish merit badges!
Scouting For Food
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to assist with this year’s Scouting for Food event.
This year’s turnout was amazing. The leaders and parent involvement was inspiring! Let me start by acknowledging a few volunteers that went above and beyond. Brad Abursamra spent countless hours getting ready, hauling tables, delivering equipment and setting up the outdoor logistics at the Food Pantry. Cathy Washburn and Darin MacGillivray agreed to be the first to try a new SFF venture; they spent the morning at Wall-Mart. Thanks to their efforts this new endeavor was very successful!
I want to acknowledge Mr. Ryan, Troop 101’s Chaplin. As we were sorting, everyone shared the same frustration with the amount of food that had an expiration date that had come and gone. Although we all understand and respect the rules that the food pantry must follow, it had to be thrown out. The question was asked over and over again, somebody could use most of the food that just recently went beyond the manufacturer’s expiration date. Well Mr. Ryan took it upon himself and found someone who could works to serve the neediest and he himself did some dumpster diving Sunday morning retrieving close to a 1000 items.
In addition several boys volunteered to take on leadership roles, Jimmy Miotto, Dan Fishbien, Sam Frankian, Curtis Clark and Kevin Diggins all created a positive environment directing the chaos and making sure it all got done with a smile!
All in all, over 300 people graciously donated their time to volunteer assisting with this year’s Scouting for Food Town Wide event. The success of filling the shelves at the food pantry was made possible because of all of the amazing Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Leaders and Parents! Because of everyone’s efforts, those in most need will be able take advantage of the great work done each and every day by the dedicated staff at the Northborough Food Pantry.
I can think of no other town wide event that involves so many dedicated volunteers to help those in need. When the call went out for gathering flats, the response was overwhelming! This group of volunteers did it all with a smile. As a community, we are so lucky to have an army of young and old who come together once a year to bring food to those in need.
Please take time to say thanks and support the businesses in town that supported the event. Mama’s Pizza, Vina’s Pizza, Northborough House of Pizza, Monte’s Pizza, Wal-Mart and Lowe’s Meat Market.
Saturday morning the shelves of the food pantry were empty, and although this year’s Scouting for Food filled the shelves, they soon will be depleted. We all should remember to support the food pantry more often than our once a year food drive.
Troop 101 Northborough Committee Chair
2013 Scouting for Food Coordinator
Leaf Raking In addition to Scouting For Food this past weekend, Troop 101 also participated in our annual leaf raking community service event. Each year, before Scouting for Food, our troop rakes the leaves for a few Northborough residents.
|Urban Missionaries Our Lady of Hope Christmas Service Project December 15, 2013. A non-profit group called the Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of Hope, each year works with about 75 churches and organizations to collect thousands of presents to be distributed to needy families around Christmas. No matter how you celebrate the holidays, this is an effort to spread joy and kindness to many children who would otherwise receive nothing during the holidays.||
|Camp MacGregor/Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center January 17-18, 2014. Join us for two nights of indoor camping at MacGregor and daytime activities at Grafton Ponds. We will be cross country skiing, snow shoeing, conducting our troop biathlon competition, and end the day by tubing down a 600 foot hill ! ||
|Green Mountain Rock Climbing / VINS February 8-9, 2014. Visit the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and view the birds of prey. See them at feeding time! We will have a guided tour, private show, and activities. Then wall climb all night and sleep (try ) at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center. Work on your climbing merit badge. ||
And in 2014.... With the busy holiday season right around the corner, we would like to remind everyone of the future Troop 101 events being planned throughout the year. See the scheduled dates in our calendar and look for all the details as each event draws near.
Christmas Tree Pick-Up Service Project / Fund Raiser
Camp McGregor Biathlon Weekend
Green Mountain Rock Climbing / VT Institute of Natural
Troop 101 In-House Merit Badge College
Washington DC Trip
West Point Scoutmasters Invitational Camporee
Nickerson/Cape Cod Rail Trail Cycling Trip
White Water Rafting
Camp Resolute Summer Camp
Florida Sea Base Bahamas Sailing Cruise
Troop 101 Junior Leadership Training
A reminder that the scout closet is always open contact me anytime! I plan to be at the meeting during the first 20 minutes or so this week for purchases and/or donations. We have a number of used items available right now and are looking for more. If you have outgrown scout items at your home we hope you will consider donating them to our recycling program. In return we will issue you a small credit to be used for your own scout closet purchases. We are looking for Class B’s, uniform shirts, pants and shorts, hiking boots, scout hats, and anything else you think might help another scout. When donating please put in a bag with your sons full name so I can issue them their scout closet bucks. I will be updating what we have available on a biweekly basis and post it in the newsletter. Currently we have pants, Class B's, a pack, hiking boots in a sz 6 etc. All the new items will also be available for purchase.
Baden-Powell thought for the day:
When you want a thing done, 'Don't do it yourself' is a good motto for Scoutmasters.
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